Tuesday, September 6, 2016
Scott Brickman, 96 Strings and 2 Whistles
Each work stands out as syntactically lucid, nicely put together, expressively profound. The "French Suite" (1973) for flute/alto flute, viola, cello, "Wind Power" (2011) for flute and piano, "Divertimento" (2011) for cello and piano, "Partita" (2012) for viola and piano, and finally "96 Strings and 2 Whistles" (2014) for flute/alto flute, viola, cello and piano, all flow along in rhythmically stimulating yet probingly "serious" ways.
The music is well played, with Beth Levin sparkling in the piano chair but really all sounding quite well.
Anyone with a penchant for modern chamber music will find this one consistently worthwhile and original. Recommended.